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I am disgusted with television. Students are watching television instead of reading, playing normal childhood games that involve geometric and arithmetic brain learning (and I don't mean video games), listening, playing and dancing to a variety of music; talking with each other about secret clubhouses, football, or dolls; pretending, creating, drawing, buiding crafts, conducting experiments (but thank goodness for Zoom!), or just being a kid.

What are they watching? Take a look at children's programming. Children's programming now has adult innuendos, kids who achieve in school are portrayed as and even called nerds, students with learning difficulties are portrayed as dummies, parents and teachers are portrayed as stupid or mean, and sometimes the good guys in action programs are not really all that much the good guys.

Today, children imitate what they see on television, not just in pretend situations like we did when I was a kid, but really doing what was on television. I'm not just referring to violence, but I recall what television was like when I was a kid. First of all, my parents had access to a special button on the television, (oh, by the way, we had to walk to the set to change channels, oops! I mean, to change to the other channel), and this button turned the set off. My parents insisted that I play outside; my brother and I did pretend to be Batman, and our seated swing was the Batmobile; our garbage can lids were Captain America's shield, and sticks made great Zorro swords--but it was pretend and it was creative play. Our neighborhood would ride bikes. The second grade teacher could not take a walk without all the kids in the neighborhood following her as if she were the Pied Piper, and she would teach us nature lessons on our impormptu hikes. Secondly, I remember watching The Three Stooges. The announcer would discuss the program. I still remember him telling us that he received parents' letters of kids trying the stunts at home, he explained how the stunts were performed, and said that if he received one more letter he would take the program off the air! I remember shows that were similar to Zoom, the 4-H TV Science Club, a show that taught me about music....overall,the programs that I did watch were either educational or geared specifically toward a young audience.

Why am I disgusted? As teachers, are we not seeing the results of this post modern TV generation? And as teachers, are we not being told that we are responsible, that schools are responsible, for the results that we are seeing?

I agree

bad TV

I agree, Bob.

It seems like we are fighting a losing battle.
Some of my students aren't allowed to watch TV or have their TV limited. I applaud those parents. Their children enjoy reading and playing like kids used to do once upon a time.

Have you seen the clothes in the stores intended for little girls? Talk about innuendos. I don't know why everyone seems to want them to grow up so fast. When I taught 6th grade in Catholic Schools there was a girl who had FAKE NAILS all the time (and rolled up her uniform skirt to a length bordering on obscene). Can you imagine spending that kind of money every week for something so inappropriate for an 11 yr old?
I sure hope that parent isn't surprised by the things that will probably happen in Jr. high and high school.

I am scared of what the future holds for this country.


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I agree too

I agree with you, Bob. Several of my kids actually aren't allowed to watch TV during the week, but I heard one kid tell a teacher that he couldn't do his homework that night because he had to watch a particular TV show. The teacher was appalled and informed him that there were several hours between when school let out and when that show came on. Are you kidding me?



when we moved last June, I didn't get around to calling for satellite or cable and our tv didn't have any of those rabbit ears so we just went without tv. The next thing I know it was September. No TV. No one died or suffered any sort of trauma. It was amazing. When I finally did get my tv hooked up, (end of Sept.) no one noticed. I don't think my TV has been on 3 times since then!

You wouldn't believe how much time television eats up. I am thrilled at the time my family now spends together -- time when one of us would have been vegging out in front of the tube.

I'm glad we kicked the television habit! (My kids tv viewing had always been censored. If you would have asked me before I would have said we didn't watch that much TV, but now I know we really spent way too much time in front of the TV watching other people live instead of living our lives!)


I had to teach K kids how to play outside

I have also seen the growing trend over the years...I actually had several K classes of children that when I would first take them out to the playground, they would literally all stand around and look at me like "what do we do now?" They had NO idea how to just "play"...I was in shock! When I took a poll as a writing assignment with a class one time after a "stand around the playground" session, I was in shock as to what they told me they did at home: watch tv, play nintendo, play x-box, watch videos, play computer games......I was dying to get out and run around the neighborhood when I got home...I would get my snack and then disappear until dinnertime. I actually had to TEACH some of my classes how to play games: tag, hide and seek, red rover, red light/green light...what in the world are these parents doing now a days???


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And it's mostly unsupervised watching

Of course you're right, Bob. When I got home, there WAS no TV for kids in the after school hours. Just those yucky grown up soap operas or reruns of movies in black and white. So we only wanted to play outside.

I took an informal poll of my 6th graders last year. Of 78, 65 had TVs in their own bedrooms. And I do not teach in a really affluent area; you can just tell where parents' priorities are. TV in every room. :(



It's really scary to think about where we're going. And someone else mentioned that the advertising and images that are being sent to kids are getting more and more unhealthy. I have a 4-year-old cousin that LOVES the Bratz dolls, and her mother is practically tearing her hair out. This is the same cousin whose parents enrolled her in a dance class, and then her parents took her out of the class because the dances they were teaching the kids (4-6 year olds!) were sexy. Booty-shaking and all that....the kids don't even realize what it is that they're learning--they just think it's "cool".
I'm only 24, but when I was in school, we were not allowed to watch a lot of TV, and we were always involved in other activities, anyway. None of us would have had TIME to watch the 4-6 hours of TV that the average American kid supposedly takes in. And what we WERE allowed to watch, was controlled pretty closely. There was a code-block on MTV and HBO, so if we wanted to watch those channels, our parents had to unlock it for us--and would have to know what we were watching. No computers in our rooms, either. All in all--one TV in the family room, one in our parents' bedroom, and one computer each in the family room and our parents' study.


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Obesity and TV

Don't forget that a lot of our little couch potatoes are seriously overweight due to their inactivity. Why can't parents realize that children need to be outside in the sunshine and fresh air?


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Bob, from your description, I would say we're about the same age. Those are the things I used to do after school too--even though I'm a girl!! :) I worry so much about what is happening in this country due to all of this violence on tv and in video games. But what can we do? If somebody has an idea, I'd absolutely love to hear it. My husband wonders why I get nostalgic for old times, things were better then.